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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2014
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3.6 135 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(111 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech(in 10 reviews)

  • Free cereal and a soda fountain (Im easy to please)(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends(in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however(in 15 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is no benefit to work as QA in Tesla. They are traditional people who do not want to work in automation also the if you are keen to learn then you are at wrong place to work.

    ConsNo support from manager to learn so they should replace old and traditional people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNo pros so far i noticed

    ConsBad attitude and management treat lower employees like slaves

    Advice to Senior Managementshow respect to others and if possible change your attitude

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

    It sucks

    Welder (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsNice car but none of the workers could ever afford to buy one.

    ConsTerrible money. Treated like a slave. Insane working hours. Arrogant and abusive managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFree the slaves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Tesla is an abusive and highly unethical company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsVery public company with great brand recognition.

    ConsVery poor management who regularly abuses their power.
    Below average pay - Many customer facing employees are paid poorly and sometimes are in danger of a salary cut.
    The use of intimidation and fear tactics.
    Excessive work hours 65+ hours a week is expected.
    Management is primarily made up of engineers and not business oriented professionals.
    HR has a blind eye to abuse and will not take action against managers.
    Illegal work practices.
    Little to no training.
    Extreme favoritism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold regular peer reviews, hire real industry professionals and start a management training program to educate managers on proper management techniques and practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    ABSOLUTE THE WORST JOB I'VE EVER HAD: "Very Disappointing!”; “Completely Corrupt”

    SERVICE ADVISOR (Former Employee)

    ProsSexy fast cars, allot of incredibly talented people, excellent benefits, cutting edge opportunity and free food.

    ConsTERRIBLE TERRIBLE QUALITY CONTROL, vehicles shipped to customer locations incomplete yes MISSING PARTS that should have been installed at the factory from doors, frunks to the screws that hold the vehicle to solid (CraZy...), salaries WAY below market, RIDICULOUS cut throat management politics, VERY disorganized throughout the company, ZERO work life balance (forget having a day off), I've seen them FIRE employees in an instant and HIDE behind the "CA. AT WILL ACT" so they don't have to deal with management or their quality issues, HR. claims to have an open door policy but what they really mean is open your mouth about anything and your FIRED (I've seen it), allot of haste with company money on travel between cities and countries rather than QC at factory level and quality staffing, "NO RECOGNITION OF TALENT & HARD WORK.”, review system is a joke this is a very frustrating environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for this company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood product, but that's about it

    ConsLong work hours
    No respect for the employees
    Treated as robots
    Politics

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    A huge let down..

    New Product Introduction Associate (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIf you are an engineer from an ivy league school or top notch university its an okay place to work because they let engineers take two hour lunches, work from home, take as many breaks as you want and pay you highly to do whatever you please. As an engineer you will not have to do much work because you have the N.P.I. or manufacturing introduction people to do it for you.

    ConsThey make you work twelve to sixteen hour days at the drop of a hat. If you are white and thinking about working in the production area, think again because you will be the only white guy working there. So you will get dirty looks from others and you will feel like you don't belong because people of the same race form clicks at Tesla. Tesla is an American company that makes cars but the cars are made by foreigners that use to work for Toyota. Which is mostly Filipino and Chinese workers that send the money they make back to their countries. They all have known each other for years and speak the same language so they stick together. I tried to just ignore all this and work hard but it doesn't matter because you have to know somebody or be in a click to last at Tesla. Tesla will also promise to hire you on but they never do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was promised in my first interview that if i worked hard i would most definitely move up in the company and be hired on in three months. I was so proud and excited to get hired. I was told their are lots of good opportunities by working for this big company. I worked very hard for about a year but i never moved up and never got hired. I went from N.P.I. in Palo Alto to getting interviewed by the director of engineering but then i was forced to work in the production line in Fremont. I was told this is all they had for me even though i worked 17 years of my life to get up to an engineering level. After starting at an entry level production job 17 years ago, i wasn't looking to go backwards in life. Well of course i wouldn't last in production because it would be like starting my life all over again, it was a waste of my talent. I have to much brains to be a robot in production. Then Tesla just threw me out like trash, they sent me an email saying my contract was ended and that this was final. A company that has such poor leadership will not make it very long. After i left Tesla i instantly made five dolor's more an hour and given a supervisor's position at a medical device company. This shows their are smarter companies out there that can see my talent and potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    9 people found this helpful  

    This place is like whipping a dead horse.

    Production Associate (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsSome of the pros, if any, were having free cereal, free soda, and the pay was decent considering how awful our situation is still on-going. The work isn't standardized yet, but this allows you to develop and implement better processes. There is a lot of room for individuals to make improvements to what is currently in use.

    ConsThis company ergonomically fails every day. They seem to think that everyone is built like Superman. Through out the shop I saw and where I worked the associates have to constantly carry heavy equipment and parts. There really is no rotation at all, and if you do complain enough you do in fact get to do another task. The thing is that since everything isn't ergonomic you end up hurting the next set of muscles. Then they move you back to your original task while not letting you recover.

    Another thing is that team members and all other grunt associates get treated very poorly. I have seen close to no action taken by any leadership type of employee about the well being and safety of their underlings. I also think that inhaling smoke from burnt sealant is hazardous to ones's health even if its in small constant quantities being blown in your face. One other thing is that management wants things to improve, which is a good thing; but when the associates do make improvements the Team Leads get all the credit and once in a while they get a bonus. Not once did we get acknowledged for our hard work. The only message they gave out was to work harder, faster, and longer.

    There is a lot of overtime in that company, and I think the average person works 72-78 hours a week if not more. They allow no time to let your body recover from the hard work they require of all their grunts.

    I do not recommend working for this company. They do not care about their employees; they only care about making money. If you are a contractor then good luck because they will take almost no interest in you until you pass out. That of which I have seen.

    The few things that keep the workers up on their feet is Nos, Monster, Red Bull, various candies, soda, and a ton of back and wrist braces.

    The only help you are going to get is from yourself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook into hiring competent HR personnel who can get things done sooner rather than months later. Get a training course for all leadership associates. Most in particular are Team Leads and supervisors. They need to be more sensitive and caring for those that work under them. Don't have them start the day with obscenities and insults. That just makes others very upset which results in inferior quality in their work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    10 people found this helpful  

    The worst company to work ever!!!!

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsInnovative technology. Free Cereal. Nice rural location.

    ConsThis company is still a start up and is run by inexperienced and clueless managers. They treat contractors as if they were nothing, they make false promises and never fulfill them. There are no policies or procedures in place so if you are the unlucky one to work for a tyrannical manager you will never make in this company because the manager will never give you a chance to learn or to advance. My advice to anyone who is considering employment with this company, never, ever work for this company, you will regret it. There are a lot of other companies in the Bay area that treat the employees in a more humane way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire an HR consultant to review your management style and have all managers participate in sensitivity courses and management training before you get sued!!!!!
    You don't operate in a third world country.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CYNISISM ABOUND. NO RECOGNITION OF TALENT & HARD WORK.

    New Product Introduction Associate (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    Pros-Work with good people.
    -Free cereal & Soda from the tap.
    -Opportunity to learn operation of machines/tools

    Cons-Management are concerned with their own appearance and how good you can make THEM look.
    -Unless you kiss bootie hard ,don't plan on getting hired.
    -No matter how far you excel with your work ,it is ignored for the bootie-kissers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management is for them to quit , so Tesla can hire management that
    recognizes hard working people.
    GO TO A MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY SCHEDULE. 8 HOURS A DAY !
    If Tesla implements the Monday through Friday schedule 8 hours a day, they won't have to keep hiring people for those who quit under duress of these 12 hour shifts right into weekends.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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